Hello Deep Springs!
Well, the rain seems to be out of our forecast for the next week or so. This week the golf course received close to 3 inches of rain between Monday evening, Tuesday, and Thursday night. Luckily we have some warm days ahead to help dry things out. It would be nice to have a little bit of wind to help speed that process up. Like they say, beggers can’t be choosers. I’ll definitely take the warmer temperatures though!
In this week’s blog, I thought I’d add some videos from the USGA’s Fore the Golfer series on different topics such as bunker etiquette, divot/ball mark repair, and golf/pull cart etiquette videos. I’ll give you a break on this week’s dreary, wet week that we had at Deep Springs. These videos will give you a better understanding of what we’d like to see happen here at Deep Springs.
As it relates to the bunkers, in the video it mentions that the USGA recommends placing bunker rakes outside of the bunker. Here at Deep Springs, we want the rakes placed inside the bunker opposite of the bunker face and as close to the edge as possible. This will help us during the mowing season.
In the past, the most common thing I have seen is too much sand in the divots. My advice is to ensure that the sand is up to where the grass can spread over the top of the sand and have a nice bed to root into. Here at Deep Springs I have not noticed a lot of sand mounds out there and so in that case THANK YOU!! This helps when we are mowing at lower heights. Sand and reels do not mix very well.
Ball Mark Repair:
This is a good video on ball mark repair. There are a number of tools you can use. We appreciate your help in limiting ball marks on our greens.
Golf Cart Etiquette:
I thought I’d save the best one for last. There are a number of areas where we have worn out areas due to golf carts. Please continue to adhere to cart path rules especially during a week where we have over 2 inches of rain like this week.
Hopefully these videos have given you a tip or two on how to make it through your round that will be most beneficial to the health of the golf course. We appreciate your help in raking those bunkers, fixing those divots and ball marks, and keeping carts away from tee and green complexes. If you have any questions or comments, please email me at email@example.com.